Tuesday, July 03, 2007


GANGTOK: Not long after the state wide raid against unhygienic food outlets and hotels, oral complaints pouring in from different quarters against unclean food outlets at Rangpo bazaar lately prompted the Urban Development and Housing Department on a fresh scrutiny.
The Urban Development and Housing Department today also condemned the news item published in local dailies against alleged misbehaviour of UD&HD Secretary towards a fast food owner Swaminath Prasad at Rangpo on June 30.
The Secretary to UD&HD, T Bhutia said the visit was made answering the tremendous oral complaints received from tourists as well as people at large against the disgusting conditions of toilets and unhygienic kitchens of food outlets at Rangpo.
Adjudging reports published in newspapers as ‘baseless’, the UD&HD Secretary today clarified that he had only directed the owners of fast food centres, particularly Swaminath Prasad that, since he is making enough profit, some part of it should be used for improvement of the toilets and kitchen that were found to be in pathetic conditions.
He said during the survey, several food outlets and hotels at Rangpo were identified in dirty conditions, where even cockroaches were found in water and kitchen rooms. “We can’t play with the health standard of people and also won’t let anyone tarnish the image of our beautiful state”, Mr Bhutia said. It was learnt that the UD&HD Secretary also rendered two days time for shop owners to take up all cleanliness measures.
A recent press communiqué of Urban Development and Housing Department reads that strike threats of Swaminath Prasad and other traders will not be tolerated because the UD&HD is working for the interest of general public and tourists. ‘We don’t want our tourists to carry with them a wrong image of its hospitality’, reads the release.
On June 30, the shopkeepers at Rangpo pulled down shutters of their shop for three hours against alleged misbehaviour of UD&HD Secretary, T Bhutia. the shops were reopened after the matter was resolved under the initiative of SDPO Rangpo, Sonam Bhutia.
A press note from the Department of Information & Public Relations, on behalf of the UD&HD also refuted the allegations against UD&HD Secretary adding that the department will not tolerate those who will mar the image of the state. The question of SDPO apologizing on behalf of Secretary, UD&HD does not arise as the department authorities were performing their duty in the interest of general public and tourist in particular, reads the release